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Our top ten small cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Seat Ibiza

Β£13,130Β£10,839 Rated 5 out of 5
Seat Ibiza

Ford Fiesta

Β£12,715Β£11,997 Rated 4 out of 5
Ford Fiesta

Skoda Fabia

Β£11,295Β£10,428 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Fabia

Hyundai i20

Β£11,605Β£9,887 Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai i20

Kia RIO

Β£11,995Β£11,624 Rated 4 out of 5
Kia RIO

Volkswagen Polo

Β£11,970Β£11,076 Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Polo

Mini Hatchback

Β£14,620Β£13,716 Rated 4 out of 5
Mini Hatchback

Audi A1

Β£15,375Β£14,756 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A1

Renault Clio

Β£12,445Β£10,982 Rated 4 out of 5
Renault Clio

Honda Jazz

Β£13,955Β£13,530 Rated 3 out of 5
Honda Jazz

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Also in this category

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Nissan Micra

Β£11,940Β£11,494 Rated 3 out of 5
Nissan Micra

CitroΓ«n C3

Β£11,340Β£10,658 Rated 2 out of 5
CitroΓ«n C3

Mazda 2

Β£12,640Β£12,258 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 2

Nissan Note

Β£14,075Β£10,697 Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Note

Alfa Romeo Mito

Β£13,785Β£11,093 Rated 1 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Mito

DS DS 3

Β£16,060Β£13,637 Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 3

Dacia Sandero

Β£5,940Β£5,930 Rated 3 out of 5
Dacia Sandero

Suzuki Swift

Β£10,945Β£10,999 Rated 3 out of 5
Suzuki Swift

Vauxhall Corsa

Β£10,580Β£10,635 Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Corsa

Toyota Yaris

Β£12,940Β£11,890 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Yaris

Peugeot 208

Β£14,410Β£12,560 Rated 2 out of 5
Peugeot 208

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Β£8,940Β£8,893 Rated 3 out of 5
Dacia Sandero Stepway

Mini Hatchback

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Mini Hatchback

Ford KA+

Β£tbcΒ£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Ford KA+

Suzuki Baleno

Β£11,944Β£10,379 Rated 2 out of 5
Suzuki Baleno

Vauxhall Viva

Β£9,710Β£9,432 Rated 3 out of 5
Vauxhall Viva

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How we define small cars

Small cars, or superminis as they’re also known, used to be bought by single people or couples with no children – but the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and VW Polo have grown to the point where they can be considered all-round family transport, albeit with the odd compromise.

The Fiesta remains a star of the class, thanks to its strong Ecoboost petrol engines and suspension settings that are beautifully judged for British roads. However, the latest Skoda Fabia offers even more practicality, decent performance and a neatly styled cabin that has the edge on the Ford’s for quality.

Any of these models will be a competent commuter car – especially if fitted with one of the increasingly popular small turbocharged petrol engines – but just remember that while you’ll be able to carry two adults and two children, it’ll be a struggle to get all of their luggage into the boot.